Posted: 8:57 pm Monday, September 16th, 2013

Dwyer, Royal Palm Beach ranked in state AP football poll 

By Jeff Greer

The newest Associated Press state high school football rankings are out.

As usual, the top area teams are well represented. Fort Pierce Central (8A), Dwyer and Royal Palm Beach (7A), American Heritage (3A) and Glades Day (2A) are all ranked.

Park Vista is now picking up votes in Class 8A. I’m guessing Clewiston, Glades Central and Pahokee will all flirt with rankings in the coming weeks. King’s Academy could makes its way into consideration with a win over Clewiston on Friday. And don’t sleep on Boynton Beach. The Tigers need to get some notable wins, but if they do, they’ll enter someone’s radar.

The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records and points:

Class 8A
1. Manatee (17) 3-0 179 2. Apopka (1) 3-1 144 3. Plant 2-0-1 132 4. Miramar 3-0 120 (tie) Oviedo 3-0 120 6. Dr. Phillips 3-0 95
7. Fort Pierce Central 2-0 74
8. South Dade 3-0 58 9. Vero Beach 3-0 28 10. Lake Mary 2-0 21
Others receiving votes: West Orange 9, Deerfield Beach 4, Cypress Bay 3, Park Vista 2, Christopher Columbus Catholic 1.

Class 7A
1. St. Thomas Aquinas (18) 2-0 180 2. Dwyer 3-0 161 3. East Lake 3-0 143 4. Sickles 3-0 116 5. Lakeland 3-0 108 6. Lincoln 3-1 92
7. Royal Palm Beach 2-0 51
8. Fleming Island 3-0 31 9. Fletcher 2-1 30 10. Kissimmee Osceola 1-2 29
Others receiving votes: Plantation 24, Niceville 13, Port Charlotte 7, Viera 4, Charlotte 1.

Class 6A
1. Miami Central (13) 2-1 175 2. Armwood (5) 2-0 154 3. Columbia 3-0 151 4. Jefferson 3-0 127 5. Mainland 3-0 109 6. Miami Northwestern 1-1 73
7. Heritage 3-0 49 8. Largo 2-1 38
9. Lake Gibson 1-1 29
10. Venice 2-1 28
Others receiving votes: Hallandale 22, Naples 13, Homestead 6, Gainesville 5, Seabreeze 5, Citrus 4, Ocala Vanguard 2.

Class 5A
1. Miami Jackson (16) 2-0 176 2. West Florida (1) 2-0 152 3. Pensacola Catholic 3-0 136 4. Wakulla 3-0 118 5. Godby (1) 2-1 117 6. Plantation American Heritage 2-1 92
7. Merritt Island 3-0 77
8. Cardinal Gibbons 3-0 54
9. Lakewood 2-1 31 10. Bishop Kenny 1-0 9
Others receiving votes: Palm Bay 8, Rickards 6, Bishop Moore 5, Astronaut 5, North Marion 3, Pasco 1.

Class 4A
1. Miami Washington (18) 3-0 180 2. Fort Lauderdale University 3-0 161 3. Bolles School 3-0 145 4. Gulliver Prep 3-0 98 5. Cocoa 1-1 91
Others receiving votes: Madison County 32, Raines 7, East Gadsden 6.

Class 3A
1. Trinity Christian-Jacksonville (17) 2-0 179 2. Ocala Trinity Catholic (1) 3-0 163 3. Clearwater Central Catholic 2-1 122 4. Delray American Heritage 2-1 99
5. Tampa Catholic 2-1 90
Others receiving votes: Fort Meade 21, Melbourne Central Catholic 15, Cardinal Mooney 13, Frostproof 12, First Academy-Orlando 6.

Class 2A
1. University Christian (15) 2-1 173 2. North Florida Christian (3) 2-0 164 3. Champagnat Catholic 3-0 144 4. Warner Christian 2-1 129 5. Glades Day 3-0 68
Others receiving votes: First Baptist 36, Victory Christian 6.

Class 1A
1. Union County (16) 3-0 178 2. Blountstown 3-0 157 3. Lafayette 2-0 127 4. Dixie County (2) 3-0 114 5. Liberty County 3-0 52
Others receiving votes: Trenton 31, Chipley 28, Chiefland 19, Northview 8, Williston 6.